The Floriade terrain 2002 exists of three subareas.
This area of the park, constructed in 2002, is dominated by an exhibition hall of 27,800 m2 with a glass roof covered with solar panels.
On both sides of a car-free green axis, that forms a view axis together with the transection of the Genie-dike and the top of the Big Spotters Hill, large parking lots are situated. After crossing the Zuidtangent, a car-free bus lane that has a bus stop at this location, the visitor reaches by a wide and curved path the junction with the Genie-dike and with this also the next park area.
Big Spotters Hill and islands
Also an in 2002 constructed and strong designed park area.
The geometrical structure is sectioned by a curved main route: the promenade, that connects the contemporary designed park area Expo Haarlemmermeer, via Big Spotters Hill, with the romantic Haarlemmermeer forest. Big Spotters Hill, a prominent viewing hill, is a pyramid shaped body of soil covered with grass, 230 x 230 m at ground surface and is 40m high. On top of the hill a viewing point is situated that can be reached both by a staircase and a ramp. From the top a pattern of square islands is showing itself, on which hedges from 60m x 60m border square grass zones. The Floriade logo, shaped by several shaved hedges is well visible from this point. The next park area can be reached by overpassing the Drie Merenweg, the Zuidtangent and the IJtocht.
An in the early seventies constructed recreation area, surrounding a 25m deep lake, formed as a consequence of sand extraction, the northern part belonging to the former Floriade terrain.
The curving shapes, variations in heights, little ‘look-troughs’, thickets and a central pond recall an atmosphere of a romantic landscape. Enclosed valleys are created and the diversity of plantation is enlarged. This park, which is over 40 years old, offers shelter and a beautiful green décor for several distinctive gardens like a perennial garden, a water garden, a rosary and ‘emotion-gardens’. Several green bastions offer startling views of park and lake. The south-west bank, a chain of oval grass areas, gives an exotic impression thanks to the big water- and marsh cypresses.
A restaurant is located in a prominent building (the former pavilion of Haarlemmermeer), that seems to rise out of the north-west bank of the pond. The deck of this futuristic restaurant is accessed through a corridor of streaming water. This deck offers a beautiful view on the lake and its banks, which are naturally shaped or at some points shaped by large rocks cut out of natural stone. Nearby the restaurant a parking area is situated inside the park borders. Outside of the park, in between the first and second Ijtocht, another parking area is constructed, suitable for campers and used during big events.
This last mentioned subarea is the area we are further developing. An important management measure for the Haarlemmermeer forest is replacing the over 40 years old poplars by more sustainable trees. Not all at the same time, but spread out over several years.
An integral part of the reconstruction measurements will be significantly improving the routing between the Floriade terrain and the connecting south-western part of the Haarlemmermeer forest. Another measurement of improvement will be restoring the view to the lake specially from the multiple entrees.
For the following components new designs will be made:
- Extraordinary bulbs valley
- Emotion gardens
- Perennial garden and helophyte garden
Together, these proposed measurements will ensure the Floriade terrain to remain an attractive area for visitors over time, while simultaneously improving the natural value.